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Wednesday, August 13 2014

2 Chronicles 15: The History Of Idolatry

"When Asa heard these words, and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage, and put away the abominable idols out of all the land of Judah and Benjamin"

Idolatry has plagued humanity from the very beginning, when humans first rebelled against the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God). They made idol "gods" of themselves when they followed the liberal pervert Satan (see Satan's Fall: From Conservative To Liberal) after he promised them, "ye shall be as gods."

"3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil." (Genesis 3:4-5 KJV)

The Tree Righteous Abraham was born and raised in a house of idols. The "Babylon" that Abraham came out of wasn't merely about a place (see What And Where Is Babylon Today?) - just as it hadn't been for Noah (see The LORD's Seed Covenants With The Two Men Of Iraq and A Biography Of Abraham: From Ur To Canaan; also Do You Observe Christ's Sabbath Or Babylon's Sun Day?).

"24:2 And Joshua said unto all the people, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the flood in old time, even Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nachor: and they served other gods." (Joshua 24:2 KJV)

The Israelites originated in Syria (see A Biography Of Jacob: The Jacobites Of Syria) - in a household of idols. The first Israelites later "gave unto Jacob all the strange gods which were in their hand" who then buried them.

"31:19 And Laban went to shear his sheep: and Rachel had stolen the images that were her father's." (Genesis 31:19 KJV)

"35:2 Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments: 35:3 And let us arise, and go up to Bethel; and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went. 35:4 And they gave unto Jacob all the strange gods which were in their hand, and all their earrings which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak which was by Shechem." (Genesis 35:2-4 KJV)

The Israelites made an idol of themselves while Moses was on Mount Sinai with the LORD (see The Mount Sinai Riot and Why Did Moses Pitch A Tabernacle Outside The Camp?). Paradoxically, they proclaimed, for themselves, that their idol, to themselves, was the LORD - just as millions of "Christians" do today with "my Bible" at "my church" where they worship "my God" and "my personal Saviour" (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).

"32:1 And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him. 32:2 And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden earrings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me. 32:3 And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron. 32:4 And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. 32:5 And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to the LORD." (Exodus 32:1-5 KJV)

The LORD split the united kingdom of Israel into "Israel" and "Judah" as a punishment for King Solomon's idolatry (see What Caused Solomon's Idolatry?; also When Will The United Kingdom Be Restored?).

"11:9 And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice, 11:10 And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the LORD commanded. 11:11 Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant. 11:12 Notwithstanding in thy days I will not do it for David thy father's sake: but I will rend it out of the hand of thy son. 11:13 Howbeit I will not rend away all the kingdom; but will give one tribe to thy son for David my servant's sake, and for Jerusalem's sake which I have chosen." (1 Kings 11:9-13 KJV)

The Kingdom of Israel became "the lost ten tribes" in 721 BC because of their idolatry (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Lost Ten Tribes).

"17:14 Notwithstanding they would not hear, but hardened their necks, like to the neck of their fathers, that did not believe in the LORD their God. 17:15 And they rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified against them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the heathen that were round about them, concerning whom the LORD had charged them, that they should not do like them. 17:16 And they left all the commandments of the LORD their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal. 17:17 And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger. 17:18 Therefore the LORD was very angry with Israel, and removed them out of his sight: there was none left but the tribe of Judah only." (2 Kings 17:14-18 KJV)

The Kingdom of Judah was taken away into their Babylonian captivity in 586 BC because of their idolatry (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Back To Babylon).

"36:14 Moreover all the chief of the priests, and the people, transgressed very much after all the abominations of the heathen; and polluted the house of the LORD which he had hallowed in Jerusalem. 36:15 And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place: 36:16 But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy. 36:17 Therefore he brought upon them the king of the Chaldees, who slew their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion upon young man or maiden, old man, or him that stooped for age: he gave them all into his hand." (2 Chronicles 36:14-17 KJV)

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Israel and Judah did however know some righteous kings (see Kings of Israel and Judah) who attempted to stop their national disgrace (a "dis-grace" from idolatry that began for all of humanity in the Garden of Eden; see Grace In The Garden). King Asa of Judah was one of the righteous kings who turned the people back to the LORD; unfortunately, as always happened, it only lasted during the time of one faithful man's reign.

"15:1 And the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded: 15:2 And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The LORD is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you. 15:3 Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law. 15:4 But when they in their trouble did turn unto the LORD God of Israel, and sought him, he was found of them. 15:5 And in those times there was no peace to him that went out, nor to him that came in, but great vexations were upon all the inhabitants of the countries. 15:6 And nation was destroyed of nation, and city of city: for God did vex them with all adversity. 15:7 Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded.

15:8 And when Asa heard these words, and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage, and put away the abominable idols out of all the land of Judah and Benjamin, and out of the cities which he had taken from mount Ephraim, and renewed the altar of the LORD, that was before the porch of the LORD.

15:9 And he gathered all Judah and Benjamin, and the strangers with them out of Ephraim and Manasseh, and out of Simeon: for they fell to him out of Israel in abundance, when they saw that the LORD his God was with him.

15:10 So they gathered themselves together at Jerusalem in the third month, in the fifteenth year of the reign of Asa. 15:11 And they offered unto the LORD the same time, of the spoil which they had brought, seven hundred oxen and seven thousand sheep. 15:12 And they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul; 15:13 That whosoever would not seek the LORD God of Israel should be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman. 15:14 And they sware unto the LORD with a loud voice, and with shouting, and with trumpets, and with cornets. 15:15 And all Judah rejoiced at the oath: for they had sworn with all their heart, and sought him with their whole desire; and he was found of them: and the LORD gave them rest round about.

15:16 And also concerning Maachah the mother of Asa the king, he removed her from being queen, because she had made an idol in a grove: and Asa cut down her idol, and stamped it, and burnt it at the brook Kidron. 15:17 But the high places were not taken away out of Israel: nevertheless the heart of Asa was perfect all his days. 15:18 And he brought into the house of God the things that his father had dedicated, and that he himself had dedicated, silver, and gold, and vessels.

15:19 And there was no more war unto the five and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa." (2 Chronicles 15:1-19 KJV)

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This Day In History, August 13

554: Justinian's "Pragmatic Sanction" confirmed and increased the papacy's temporal power, and gave guidelines for regulating civil and ecclesiastical affairs in Rome and Italy (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).

1516: The Treaty of Noyon between France and Spain was signed. Francis I of France recognized Charles's claim to Naples, and Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, recognized Francis's claim to Milan.

Hernan Cortes 1521: Spanish Conquistador ("conqueror") Hernando Cortes captured and destroyed Tenochtitlan (Mexico City) after a three-month siege.

1535: French explorer Jacques Cartier discovered the St. Lawrence River.

1553: Michael Servetus was arrested by John Calvin in Geneva, Switzerland as a heretic for his (correct) belief that the Church of Rome's "Trinity" doctrine is incorrect (as also taught at Daily Bible Study, based on what the Word of God, not any man, actually says, while the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit all exist, the Holy Spirit is the power of God, not a "person" of God).

1624: Cardinal Richelieu was appointed Chief Minister of France by Louis XIII.

1704: The Battle of Blenheim during the War of the Spanish Succession. French and Bavarian forces were routed by a combined British, German and Dutch army at Blenheim, Germany. The victors lost 6,000 soldiers compared with 21,000 French and Bavarian troops.

1787: The Ottoman Empire declared war on Russia (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).

1788: Prussia joined the Anglo-Dutch alliance to form the Triple Alliance to prevent the spread of the Russo-Swedish War of 1788-90.

1792: King Louis XVI of France was arrested by the revolutionary National Tribunal and declared an enemy of the people.

1814: The Cape of Good Hope was formally ceded to the British by the Dutch.

1831: After witnessing a solar eclipse that he believed was "a sign from God," Nat Turner led 70 other slaves in the murder of 55 whites in Southampton County, Virginia.

1868: A powerful earthquake near Arica, Peru, killed approximately 25,000 people. An accompanying tsunami caused damage as far away as Hawaii and New Zealand.

1898: Carl Gustav Witt discovered 433 Eros, the first near-Earth asteroid to be found.

1920: During the Polish-Soviet War, the Battle of Warsaw began.

1960: The Central African Republic declared independence from France.

1961: East Germany's communist government began building the Berlin Wall after more than 3,000,000 of its citizens fled to the west. The wall snaked 103 miles (166 kilometers) around West Berlin.

1962: Representatives from the Russian Orthodox Church and Vatican City met in Metz, France. They agreed that the Russian church would have observers attending the Second Vatican Council; in return, the Roman Catholic Church agreed to not condemn Communism.

1964: The last hangings in Britain took place when two men were executed for murder at Liverpool and Manchester.

1996: Data sent back by the Galileo space probe indicated there may be water on one of Jupiter's moons, heightening the possibility it could support a primitive life form.

2008: During the South Ossetian War, Russian forces occupied the Georgian city of Gori.


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